When your garden is winding down for its winter rest there are still chores to do and ways to make the bleaker seasons more attractive.
You’re off on your summer holidays, but will the garden cope without you?
Every year you experience the same problem; the garden reaches its peak with borders bursting to bloom, patio plants beginning their dazzling displays and fruits swelling in the vegetable garden – and then you go on holiday for two weeks…!
My partner Julie joined the local community Parent Voice group, A group set up through the Sure Start Children’s Centre for local parents to voice their concerns about the local children and their well-being.
Every gardener wants to make the most of the available soil space they have, but gardening has always been a mixture of greed and indigestion. Greed because you want to grow every wonderful plant you see, and indigestion because you know you really have nowhere to put them!
“Pick tomatoes growing in grow-bags as soon as they ripen, especially from those plants producing cherry-sized fruits. At this time of the year tomato skins on small fruits can split easily, especially if the compost switches from wet to dry on a regular basis.
Mum and dad are now enjoying their retirement, with plenty of time to keep the garden in shape, but mum has started to struggle with spondylosis (arthritis of the neck). We’ve started to look at their garden with a view to making things easier – shrub borders instead of intensive bedding displays for example.
I’m helping my daughter’s pre-school nursery set up a vegetable patch and greenhouse this year.
There’s nothing quite like it … Fresh fruit and vegetables picked straight from the garden have a flavour second to none! Growing your own, from your own home allows you to pick from the plot to the plate in a matter of minutes.